HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.
Oprah & Brene Brown Discuss Shame & Vulnerability
- Jan. 10, 2021
-- Shame around head lice has made me thousands of dollars...and broken my heart. Here's why. People still think having head lice means you are dirty. They are ashamed to admit it, when it happens. As a result, it spreads to friends and family. That process repeats itself over and over. We have checked and treated over 30,000 people in my lice salon (Picky Pam at the Beach) since 2012. Thirty thousand. Here is the truth. Head lice prefer clean hair. In my shop, the group we see the most is "popular girls with long pretty hair". I've said that phrase thousands of times. We see cheerleaders, dancers, soccer & softball girls - the most! If 'shame' was taken out of the equation, head lice would not spread like wildfire, especially among teens, because family and friends would get a 'heads up' and hopefully prevent an outbreak. Brene Brown shared this common thought with Oprah, "If I look perfect, I will minimize shame, blame, and judgement". (To see the entire segment go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HTtlEQijrY&t=21s
). Brene shared "The road to courage and authenticity is letting go of what people think". The bottom-line:
if more moms were willing to risk vulnerability, and feel the confidence that comes with letting go of what people think...I could focus less on guarding my customers identity (blurring faces, deleting names on social media, and doing undercover lice checks on desperate customers inside their car!), and focus more on Project HOPE (volunteering with underserved populations around the world). I can only hope. For more information about Project HOPE go to: https://www.LiceFreeKids.com/project-hope